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An observation of between-mates feeding behaviour in chick-guarding chinstrap penguins

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Courtship feeding has not been reported for chinstrap penguins (Pygoscelis antarctica). However, we observed a male chinstrap penguin fed to his mate during the guard stage of chick. After being fed, the female regurgitated the food to her chick. Our observation suggests that the chicks’ behaviour of begging for food may be retained in adults, but it is usually restrained.

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We would like to thank all the members of the King Sejong Station, Korea Polar Research Institute for logistics support in the field. Anonymous referees gave a lot of constructive and helpful comments.

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Correspondence to Yoshihisa Mori.

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Mori, Y., Kokubun, N., Shin, H. et al. An observation of between-mates feeding behaviour in chick-guarding chinstrap penguins. Polar Biol 33, 1437–1438 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00300-010-0842-8

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Keywords

  • Between-mates feeding
  • Chinstrap penguins
  • Courtship feeding
  • Pygoscelis antarctica